Ongoing Training and Physician Burnout – #HITsm Chat Topic

We’re excited to share the topic and questions for this week’s #HITsm chat happening Friday, 8/30 at Noon ET (9 AM PT). This week’s chat will be hosted by Larry Kaiser (@LarryKaiser) and Danielle Preizler (@ddowns916) from @OptimumHIT on the topic “Ongoing Training and Physician Burnout”.

Multiple factors have been identified as contributing to Physician burnout. It can generally be agreed that the EHR, and the goal of meaningful use of the EHR, are two of the leading contributors to physician burnout and decreased productivity. Despite significant investments in capital, resources and time, an organization’s hoped-for positive impacts on patient safety, efficiency, and financial health have not been realized but have had unintended negative effects on the practice of medicine, a provider’s specific role, and the disruption of work-life balance.

But this does speak to one of the central tensions during the implementation of the EHR. How much training is necessary to prepare a Physician to incorporate the specific system into their practice? There is a delicate balance between what is needed to develop competence and what is needed to drive real proficiency. Most organizations have the resources and time for the former and hope that through experience their providers attain the latter. Our experience suggests that only a subset will achieve this and that most are just competent, and this adds to their overall stress level and demands on their time.

Does on-going training contribute to reduced burnout? Let’s discuss.

Topics for this week’s #HITsm Chat:

T1: How much training is necessary to prepare a Physician to incorporate a specific system into their practice? #HITsm

T2: What cadence of on-going training helps to reduce physician burnout without being an annoyance? #HITsm

T3: What areas of focus for on-going training make the most sense? #HITsm

T4: What is the best way to address complaints around on-going training? #HITsm

T5: Does live/in-person or on-demand/recorded training work best? Why? #HITsm

Bonus: What is the best way to garner feedback/suggestions around on-going training? #HITsm

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We look forward to learning from the #HITsm community! As always, let us know if you’d like to host a future #HITsm chat or if you know someone you think we should invite to host.

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About the author

John Lynn

John Lynn

John Lynn is the Founder of the, a network of leading Healthcare IT resources. The flagship blog, Healthcare IT Today, contains over 13,000 articles with over half of the articles written by John. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 20 million times.

John manages Healthcare IT Central, the leading career Health IT job board. He also organizes the first of its kind conference and community focused on healthcare marketing, Healthcare and IT Marketing Conference, and a healthcare IT conference,, focused on practical healthcare IT innovation. John is an advisor to multiple healthcare IT companies. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can be found on Twitter: @techguy.